Lawmaker Says House Shelled Out $15 Million in Taxpayer Money on Harassment Settlements

Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California has followed the wave of major figures exposed for their sexual harassment by leading a similar — and apparently much-needed — charge in the House, as she reports $15 million in taxpayer money has been used to settle these claims over the past decade. While appearing on MTP: Daily with Chuck Todd, Speier detailed how taxpayer money is being shelled-out in the millions to cover for lawmakers who double as sexual harassers:
“One member of Congress has settled a claim, and there has been a taxpayer settlement… I think taxpayers do have the right to know, but right know — under the current system — you do not have a right to know… I don’t know if we can deal with it because that’s a contract that’s been signed by both parties. We do know that there’s about $15 million that has been paid out by the House on behalf of harassers in the last 10-15 years.”
Todd then asked if the lawmakers who have settled should be outed retroactively, as this would provide transparency for the use of taxpayer money. “I think moving forward we absolutely most,” responded the Democratic congresswoman — though noting that it would be legally difficult to reveal details regarding cases that have already been settled. In response to the growing momentum on the issue of sexual misconduct, the House Administration Committee held a hearing today for members to discuss their thoughts and personal experiences on the issue. During the hearing Speier asserted that two active members of Congress are guilty of such misconduct, but she did not name-names. “In fact, there are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now who serve, who have been subject to review or have not been subject to review, but have engaged in sexual harassment,” said the lawmaker. Watch above via NBC News. [images via screengrab] Follow the author on Twitter (@calebecarma).

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